Amphan – A Devastating Super Cyclone: Updates
The recent gravest cyclonic storm “Amphan” extensively battered Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. The cyclonic storm having windspeed of 133 kmph caused heavy damage in some districts of West Bengal including Kolkata. This gigantic storm lashed in the coastal area of Digha. It caused huge tidal waves in the sea. It lashed on the land with a speed of 180 kmph. This extremely severe cyclonic storm an immeasurable damage in Sundarban areas. Thousands of mud-houses have been destroyed. Even the parked cars bumped each other due to gigantic power of the cyclone. Electric posts bent down. Water supply and electricity supply, network system, communication system – all have been disrupted. Streets of Kolkata are blocked as thousands of trees have been uprooted. The coastal areas of West Bengal are the worst affected. About 10 people died in this destruction. In Howrah 900 houses and in Paraganas 5200 houses collapsed.
Super Cyclone Amphan made landfall on Wednesday at 3.30 pm in between Digha in West Bengal and in the island of Hatiya in Bangladesh with a gust of 150 kmph. This landfall – process will continue for about 4 hours. Many trees have been uprooted. Mud – houses, tin – houses and asbestos – houses have been collapsed. 6 lakh people have been taken to the safety shelters in West Bengal. In Bangladesh also over two million people have been evacuated to protected shelters.
On Tuesday, this Super Cyclone ‘Amphan’ has turned into an extremely severe cyclonic storm and lost some of its strength. It is one of the worst storms in Bay of Bengal in decades.
Cyclone Amphan turned into a ‘Super Cyclonic Storm’.There is a deep depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal. It has quickly intensified into a cyclonic storm. this cyclonic storm has been named as “Amphan”. According to the weather office, this has turned into ‘extremely severe’ cyclone and it may lash on land on Wednesday. The expected speed of the wind may be more the 230 to 240 kmph. The cyclone with the speed of 220 kmph is considered as “Super Cyclone”. This super cyclone is gradually getting increased. It may be gusted to 270 kmph.
Districts like Purba Medinipur, Paschim Medinipur, Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Paraganas are expected to be mostly affected. The speed of Amphan may be 120 to 130 kmph with heavy rainfall.
Areas like Jagatsingpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj, Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur will also be affected in Odisha.
According to IMD or India Meteorological Department, “The very severe cyclonic storm ‘AMPHAN’ over central parts of South Bay of Bengal moved North-Northeastwards with a speed of 13 kmph during past six hours, intensified into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm”
It is moving rapidly across northwest Bay of Bengal and may cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Island (Bangladesh) on May 20.
This cyclone is expected to be intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. today cyclone memo North – NorthernWestwards and then America North-Northeasternwards across north west Bay of Bengal towards West Bengal and North Odisha coast during May 20. Fisherman are warned and told to remain in their houses and not to go into South Bay of Bengal. It is expected that light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy rain falls at the isolated places over Andaman and Nicobar Islands may occur.
The situation is continuously being closely monitored.
The entire state is ready to deal with the situation. In the coastal areas disaster management teams have been dispatched for rescue and relief operations. 41 teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in West Bengal and Odisha.
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